New program coming to Southwest Georgia to help prevent diabetes

One in four Americans are living with a major disease, and you might not know it.

November is National Diabetes Month, and more than 30 million people have the disease nationwide.

People who are overweight, don’t exercise or have family members with the disease are more likely to get it.

The Department of Public Health is starting a program in January to help people who are at risk control the possibility of getting it.

“We’ll actually work with those individuals for a year,” Brenda Greene, District Deputy Health Director, said. “They’ll go through a curriculum. The first six months, and we’ll work with them once a week. We’ll talk about some goals for them.”

The program will be held in Dougherty, Worth, Mitchell, Terrell and Grady County.

Anyone interested should contact their local Department of Public Health to sign up.

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